Chrome now supports Google’s live caption feature, which is available on some smartphones. The feature helps create captions spontaneously for any video, podcast or audio message on your phone. The feature, which was first discovered by XDA developers, It only supports English language.
We tested this feature and it worked for YouTube videos, podcast players, WhatsApp video or audio files, and other content. However, Live Caption in Chrome took some time to download speech recognition files when we played a podcast. The feature had trouble displaying captions right away.
We got spontaneous captions once the speech recognition files were downloaded. You only need to reload the site once the files are downloaded. The feature worked perfectly well when we played WhatsApp video / audio content and YouTube videos. Read on to find out more about how you can enable this live caption feature.
How to enable Live Caption feature in Chrome?
Once it finds any video, Chrome will ask if you want to use the Live Caption feature. You can enable this feature by tapping on the music icon located near the Extension icon. Once you tap on the music icon, a box will appear allowing you to enable the Live Caption feature.
After enabling it, you don’t need to follow the same steps to use that feature for other videos. Live captions will automatically appear in a small, moving box at the bottom of your browser when you are watching or listening to any video. One will notice the live subtitles even when the audio is muted or the volume is low. So if you don’t have a pair of wireless headphones and you want to watch a video without disturbing anyone around you, this feature will come in handy.
To use the latest live caption feature, you need to make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome.
Live Captioning Now Available on Select Phones
The feature is now available for select Pixel, OnePlus and Samsung phones. The list of phones that support this live caption feature is Google Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4 XL, Google Pixel 3a, Google Pixel 3a XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series.
If you are using one of these phones, you can enable Live Caption on your mobile phone by visiting the Settings section. Just type Live Caption in the search bar and then change Live Caption. This way, you will get live captions every time your device detects voice. You can disable this feature at any time by touching the title icon located below the volume controls. Simply press the volume up or down button on your phone to open the volume controls box.